The documentary dance poet questions the life experience of migrants bringing on stage professional dancers and children of exile.
His dance looks at his time. Migration and exile pass through his last pieces. Born from rootlessness, Rachid Ouramdane is nourished by what he calls “poetics of testimony”. Giving substance to such prominent topics, his dance bolsters the gathering of stories. “Franchir la nuit” sets out to meet children - some of them migrants – who share the stage with Rachid Ouramdane’s dancers. How do they build themselves? What is in their imaginary future? Irrigated by songs and music carrying sounds of what has been left, bathed by the echo of the landscapes where they grew up and those they have crossed during their journey (Medhi Meddaci’s sensitive video work), the work becomes an echo chamber for an “internal exile”, in a run-off of experiences.
conception & choreography Rachid Ouramdane CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble in collaboration with the videographer Mehdi Meddaci
Choreography Assistant Agalie Vandamme Music Deborah Lennie-Bisson set design Sylvain Giraudeau lighting design Stéphane Graillot sound Laurent Lechenault Costumes Sigolène Petey, Sarah Chabrier writing workshop Fanny Vuaillat with Annie Hanauer, Deborah Lennie-Bisson, Ruben Sanchez, Leandro Villavicencio, Aure Wachter & a crowd of children